I am running python code called skimulator on Windows 10 to model Arctic ice drift and sea/wave velocities for a satellite mission in 2025. Its installed using Anaconda navigator with a python 3, Numpy, Scipy and NetCDF4 environment. Can anyone help with the first line error message?:

File "C:\Users\pclink\Anaconda3\Scripts\skimulator-script.py", line 11, in <module>
load_entry_point('skimulator==1.0', 'console_scripts', 'skimulator')()

Or even the whole error message?

skimulator-script.py code is shown below.

Error message in Anaconda prompt:

(base) C:\Users\pclink\Anaconda3\Scripts>skimulator C:\Users\pclink\skimulator\example\params_2017v2_23W.py
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "C:\Users\pclink\Anaconda3\Scripts\skimulator-script.py", line 11, in <module>
    load_entry_point('skimulator==1.0', 'console_scripts', 'skimulator')()
  File "C:\Users\pclink\Anaconda3\lib\site-packages\pkg_resources\__init__.py", line 484, in load_entry_point
    return get_distribution(dist).load_entry_point(group, name)
  File "C:\Users\pclink\Anaconda3\lib\site-packages\pkg_resources\__init__.py", line 2707, in load_entry_point
    return ep.load()
  File "C:\Users\pclink\Anaconda3\lib\site-packages\pkg_resources\__init__.py", line 2325, in load
    return self.resolve()
  File "C:\Users\pclink\Anaconda3\lib\site-packages\pkg_resources\__init__.py", line 2331, in resolve
    module = __import__(self.module_name, fromlist=['__name__'], level=0)
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 983, in _find_and_load
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 967, in _find_and_load_unlocked
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 668, in _load_unlocked
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 638, in _load_backward_compatible
  File "C:\Users\pclink\Anaconda3\lib\site-packages\skimulator-1.0-py3.7.egg\skimulator\__init__.py", line 62, in <module>
  File "C:\Users\pclink\Anaconda3\lib\site-packages\pkg_resources\__init__.py", line 1140, in resource_filename
    self, resource_name
  File "C:\Users\pclink\Anaconda3\lib\site-packages\pkg_resources\__init__.py", line 1647, in get_resource_filename
    return self._extract_resource(manager, zip_path)
  File "C:\Users\pclink\Anaconda3\lib\site-packages\pkg_resources\__init__.py", line 1668, in _extract_resource
    timestamp, size = self._get_date_and_size(self.zipinfo[zip_path])
KeyError: 'skimulator\\share\\VERSION.txt'

skimulator-script.py :

# EASY-INSTALL-ENTRY-SCRIPT: 'skimulator==1.0','console_scripts','skimulator'
__requires__ = 'skimulator==1.0'
import re
import sys
from pkg_resources import load_entry_point

if __name__ == '__main__':
    sys.argv[0] = re.sub(r'(-script\.pyw?|\.exe)?$', '', sys.argv[0])
        load_entry_point('skimulator==1.0', 'console_scripts', 'skimulator')()
  • This type of question is better suited for Stack Overflow or a sysadmin forum
    – Bjorn
    Dec 12, 2018 at 19:58

2 Answers 2


You are probably using an old version where the share/VERSION.txt file was missing from the package.

You should try to install the latest version directly from the git repository because this package evolves rapidly:

pip install git+https://git.oceandatalab.com/skim/skimulator.git@master

Note that example/params_2017v2_23W.py has been removed from recent versions of the package. It is very likely that this params file is not compatible with the latest version of the skimulator, so please read the documentation before you try to run a simulation with this params file.


To test the software with an example file, the following is required.

Firstly, make sure you have an update version of skimulator, by typing in the Anaconda prompt, in the home directory, or wherever you want to place it:

git clone https://git.oceandatalab.com/skim/skimulator.git
cd skimulator
python setup.py install

making sure you have git installed with: conda install git

In the /example directory create two folders: \input_fields & \skim_output

cd [yourpath]/skimulator/data

and unpack orbits data to the /data directory via this website: https://oceandatalab.com/files/skim/orbits.tar.xz

From : https://forum.oceandatalab.com/thread-8.html download (as a test) 3 .uss.nc files (~70 MB each) from:

" Here is an ftp link to WWAVEWATCH III (WW3) wave and currents data 1. for the Gulfstream grid: ftp://ftp.ifremer.fr/ifremer/ww3/HINDCAST/OTHER/SKIM/NATAL_MITGCM_1Y/ "


Copy them into the \input_fields directory. Also, paste the names of the files into a .txt file called list_of_file.txt. And store the .txt file in \input_fields.

Make sure ww3.20111115_cur.nc (70 MB) is also copied into \input_fields, as indicated in the example file params_example_6beams.py or params_example_8beams.py.

When running the example file make sure the call to the directory is correct; the default is the home directory. You may need to change this.

From within \example directory run the code with e.g.:

skimulator params_example_6beams.py

It should produce an output in \skim_output of .nc files.

You will need ncview (Linux or mac) to display the data files, i.e.:

ncview WW3_23W_metop_2018_8a_c01_p002.nc

To obtain ncview for linux/ubuntu: sudo apt-get install ncview .

There should be a windows version of netCDF (nc) viewer e.g. ncbrowser etc. However, I have not got ncbrowser working yet. You could also use cygwin (unix for windows) to install ncview. The output GUI data display, looks like this:

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However, this version of the output is not fully functional yet!

I was eventually able to get ncview to work with cygwin (windows 10) and produce the skimulator GUI shown below.

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An issue with ncview (netCDF visual browser) on cygwin - windows 10

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